Not all weapons that fall under CCW laws are lethal. For example, in Florida, carrying pepper spray in more than a predetermined volume (2 oz.) Of chemical asks a CCW permit, whereas anyone may legally carry a bigger,”self-defense chemical spray” device hidden on their person without a CCW permit. As of 2017 there have been 16.3 million concealed weapon licenses issued in the United States.
There is no federal statutory law regarding the issuance of concealed-carry permits. All fifty states have passed laws allowing qualified individuals to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a license from a designated government authority in the state and/or local level nonetheless, there are still many states that, even though they have passed Florida Medical Marijuana laws, they don’t issue licenses or make it extremely hard to obtain one.
A comprehensive 2004 literature review by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that there was no evidence that concealed carry either reduces or increases violent crime; some individual studies indicate that CCW reduces violent crime; others indicate that it increases violent crime.
OK, now we have the definition of CCW but how can we FEEL about it and is it right for you?
Statistics reveal that more guys own & carry guns in comparison to their female counterparts but that could easily start to change considering women have much more to be worried about in regards to their safety. Girls are more likely to be targeted on the streets because we are considered less threatening. We also carry a purse that’s significantly easier to catch than getting to a wallet that’s pushed into a guys’ pocket. So if you decide to carry, look at purchasing a cross body conceal and carry handbag. It’s much more difficult to take from you that give you access to a weapon.
When you hear a news story of a citizen who protected a person or a group of people because they were a”good man” with a gun, when a”bad man” was attempting to inflict injury, how does that make you feel? I for one feel proud that we as a country are allowing us to correct the odds. We don’t always need to feel we are at the mercy of a thug with a gun or left waiting for the authorities to respond… which can feel like a life in those circumstances.
Another thing to consider is where you work and live. If so you may have to consider protecting yourself more than a stay at home mother that lives in a low crime area. Can you work late nights? Again, you may need more protection than someone that works in an office during the day.
Do you need to carry a gun or is pepper spray or a stun gun all you really need to feel safer? Irrespective of which device you decide on, you still need to feel comfortable using it and have easy access to it. Be aware of your environment so you aren’t caught off guard!
As soon as you decide if carrying is ideal for you, learn what your local laws are. Do you need to have a required class (some states don’t require it), are you familiar with your weapon, do you have a temperament which may make you more likely to engage in confrontation understanding you are armed?
These are just a couple things to consider before taking the leap. Even if your state does not ask that you take lessons, if you are not an avid gun user, I highly suggest taking lessons. The last thing you need is to be in a situation where you need to defend yourself and you do not have the abilities to do so.